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Damnit, America. Why can't you be more like Switzerland or Western Europe in general?

5% federal taxation rate for the middle class. Tons of vacation. Work/life balance. Better health care and benefits. Different culture entirely. What's not to like? 
  From VOX I was halfway through a job interview when I realized I was wrinkling my nose. I couldn't help myself. A full-time freelance position with a long commute, no benefits, and a quarter...
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+Christopher Pack 19% is not Switzerland. Looks more like one of the EU countries.
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I'm going to need a few more video cards.
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Oh snap.
Police allege he manipulated the company’s computer system to inflate its assets
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+Marty Ballard I'm good. I know how it works
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Sweet, I guess. And let's be honest, it's not going to be hard for +YouTube to provide a better user experience than +Twitch. 
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+Jaromir Sir Fair enough, but let's be honest. If Google didn't enter the search engine market back when everything else was shit, today we wouldn't have one of the most innovative companies in the world. Google started small too. YouTube is a good competition to Twitch, and if they can give provide a better experience than Twitch, so be it. Then again, Twitch isn't a start up anymore. As you stated, it's owned by Amazon, so money is not a problem for them either.
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Once you see it... I swear to god, you're gonna fucking love it. It's a great fucking phone, I promise. It's my personal guarantee.

Another 2016 flagship killer, perhaps? We'll see.

On another note, what is it with the Cyanogen/Nextbit leadership constantly swearing to the press? Do they think it makes them look hip or something? 
Nextbit is no longer just a mobile software company. We sat down with CEO Tom Moss in Hong Kong to find out why his startup is making a smartphone, and what it's going to be like.
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So if I don't like it, can I kill him?
BTW, when are the invites starting?
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OnePlus still sticking to its guns. Go big or go home, right?

https://twitter.com/getpeid/status/627110816274345984
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2013 Flagship Killer
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+Marques Brownlee​​ On a scale of 1 to Ultimate, how excited are you about this? 
Flying disc sports, including Ultimate Frisbee, are officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
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If chicken wing eating contests aren't involved... I don't want to hear about it.
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Zoolander 2 trailer. Yaaaasssssssss.

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A Bieber and a Kardashian. I seriously hope it's a piss take. 
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Actually surprised the sharing between 5 people lasted as long as it did, without much verification.

I'm sharing my Prime with 4 adult family members, and seeing how that's going away but those "grandfathered in" will probably be able to keep the current setup, I'm going to hold on to them forever.
Even at $99 a year, Amazon Prime is a great deal if you often order items from the giant retailer - the free two-day shipping alone is worth it for impatie... by Michael Crider in Amazon, News
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+Artem Russakovskii Do you share with people outside your house? When I added my wife a while ago, I took it to mean the people you shared it with had to live in the same house as you. Too late now!
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So I got a Mission belt and a SlideBelts belt to compare and contrast (thanks to those recommending them the other day in the Grip6 thread https://plus.google.com/+ArtemRussakovskii/posts/HjTBceyXYNa).

http://www.missionbelt.com
http://www.slidebelts.com

My initial impressions are as follows:

Ease of buckling: Mission.
You only need to aim for one opening, and it slides all the way through.
With SlideBelts, you need to aim to make it through both openings, which is slightly more annoying. But both are super easy.

Ease of unbuckling: Hands-down SlideBelts.
In fact, once I put on the Mission belt, I couldn't figure out how to unbuckle it and in the meantime, it kept buckling tighter and tighter. In the end, I had to look up instructions (none come in the box), and found they actually have an FAQ entry called "Q: Help! I'm stuck in my belt and can't get out. What do I do?" http://missionbelt.com/pages/faq. The unbuckling is awkward and annoying.
The SlideBelts, on the other hand, couldn't be simpler. You just pull on the buckle away from the body, and then pull the belt out of it.

Quality of buckle: Again SlideBelts.
The SlideBelts buckle feels and looks relatively premium, while Mission looks and feels cheap, even though I got their premium iron version. My wife immediately voted it off.

Quality of belt: Unfortunately, I can't comment on the quality of SlideBelts' leather because I ordered the canvas version. That part seems fine. The leather on Mission, once again, looks and feels cheap. Wife's initial reaction about the buckle was echoed in the leather quality department too.
One other thing to point out here is that SlideBelts go up to the $85 range if you want more premium materials, whereas Mission just has pretty much one quality and tops out around $40-45.

Versatility: SlideBelts, in my scenario. Both belts I ordered were $42. Mission was size medium. SlideBelts, however, could fit up to 48" by default. An easy cut, and it now fits my waist. I think all SlideBelts belts come like that, whereas with Mission belts, you have to pay a few bucks more for a custom one.
The mechanism to attach the belt to the buckle is fantastic on both belts and can be easily opened and secured as you wish. Which means not only can you adjust, but you can easily swap buckles and belts too.

Verdict: Basically, Mission is going back. SlideBelts is staying, and I'll probably order a few more different kinds.

Still waiting for my Grip6 belts and buckles to see how they compare to SlideBelts, but I know SB is going to be hard to beat.

Amazon
- SlideBelts: http://amzn.to/1hbIhmc
- Mission: http://amzn.to/1hbIm9i
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Another +1 for the Slidebelt.  My canvas version is backed leather (not sure if they all are?) and it feels decent quality.  I'm definitely thinking about consolidating a couple of my normal leather belts for 1 leather SlideBelt.  Also, over time I've gotten used to buckling it and now it doesn't feel awkward at all.
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As some of you may know, several months ago, I decided to pick NextDesks (nextdesks.com) as the manufacturer of my motorized sit/stand desk (with a treadmill). I like the desk itself, but there's something I am absolutely appalled by, and it's the shoddy craftsmanship of their bamboo desk tops.

I was absolutely shocked when I got the desk, with the long edges of the table top looking like they were first glued on using numerous short vertical pieces and then mauled by a dog. It was that bad.

In disbelief, I requested a different table top. It arrived several weeks later looking pretty much the same.

I requested a third one and was assured they'd pick the best one available, and that they had some manufacturing issues with the bamboo tops (as opposed to glass).

It arrived with imperfections, but was indeed better. The edges were also painted black to further cover up the blemishes, a look I actually liked.

In the end, I ended up picking the 2nd table top because it had more grommet openings and painting the edges black myself.

Then, more recently, I decided that I wanted a keyboard tray, so I ordered it. Its cost is a ridiculous $350, but it's a perfect fit into pre-drilled holes, and it seemed pretty nice, so I bit the bullet. I was also assured that they'd sorted out their manufacturing issues.

Ha! Check out the results. Oh, and it arrived as a single piece of wood with 4 screws, with no rails and whatever else is needed to actually hook it up to the table. Needless to say, I'm not happy.

NextDesks makes great desks otherwise, but their wooden table tops are shockingly bad.
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$2700? I believe I could build such thing myself for less than $100 and with better quality..
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